What Are Strategies For Building a Strong Case Against Drug Charges?

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What Are Strategies For Building a Strong Case Against Drug Charges?
What Are Strategies For Building a Strong Case Against Drug Charges?

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March 25
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What Are Strategies For Building a Strong Case Against Drug Charges?

Facing drug charges can feel like a daunting prospect. In Indiana, the consequences of such charges can be severe and far-reaching, potentially impacting your future significantly. Swift action is necessary, and aligning with an experienced attorney paves the way for building a robust defense against your drug charges. The Law Office of Paul A. Rossi, LLC offers quality legal support as you navigate the road ahead. Together, we will explore several strategies that can be used to mount a strong defense. Contact our firm to receive legal advice tailored to your specific circumstances.

1. Search Warrant Lacked Probable Cause

One of the first defenses to consider is whether the search warrant was issued based on probable cause. The police must demonstrate probable cause that evidence of a crime is present in the location they wish to search. If the police fail to provide sufficient evidence in their application and affidavit for the search warrant, a judge may rule that the warrant lacked probable cause, potentially leading to the exclusion of any evidence collected during the search.

2. Stopped Without a Warrant

Article 1 Section 11 of the Indiana Constitution protects Hoosiers from unreasonable search and seizures. Evidence seized unlawfully by the police from warrantless stops can be excluded from trial. For example, if you were pulled over for allegedly running a red light, and the police found drugs in your vehicle without showing you a warrant, this could be considered an unlawful stop. Proving that the stop was unlawful, such as showing that the traffic light was green rather than red, could result in the suppression of the drugs as evidence.

3. Statutory Defense of Entrapment

Under Indiana law, entrapment is another defense strategy that can be employed. This defense argues that the police led you into committing the offense. A skilled defense attorney will know when it’s appropriate to use the entrapment defense and can argue this on your behalf.

4. Chain of Custody

Prosecutors are required to provide documentation of the collection, storage and handling of any evidence in drug cases. Any failure to properly maintain this chain of custody can raise questions about whether the evidence presented at trial is the same as the evidence collected by the police. This defense strategy can be particularly effective, as controlled substances often sit in law enforcement warehouses and crime labs for extended periods.

Seek Legal Representation Immediately

Ultimately, facing drug charges in Indiana demands immediate action and a robust defense strategy. The strategies outlined here can provide a strong foundation for your defense. However, it’s important to remember that each case is unique, and the best defense strategies will vary depending on your specific circumstances. That’s why it’s crucial to work alongside an experienced attorney who can guide you through these complex legal matters.

At the Law Office of Paul A. Rossi, LLC, we stand ready to discuss your drug charges and help you navigate the intricacies of your defense. With 75 years of litigation experience, our team understands how to handle your case and pursue the outcome you need. We invite you to contact us today to visit our Lowell office so we can begin working on your behalf.

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